Los Angeles contemporary-landscape

compiled by Jodi Summers Have you ever noticed the green roof at Chicago’s Millennium Park? It’s got the largest green roof in the world. For the record multi-award winning 24.5-acre public park with venues for performance, art, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, located between Chicago’s lakefront and the central business district (the loop). “Created to […]

SHARING-ECONOMY

by Jodi Summers Commercial real estate is being redefined. The world of 9-5 cubicles and being tethered to your desk is disappearing and square footage needs are shrinking. Offices have places of collaboration and one of many places to do your work…while retail has evolved into a showroom for stuff you can buy cheaper online…or […]

portable bedroom

This is crazy! Madrid-based PKMN Architecture’s five-in-one apartment solution that allows the owner to have several spacious rooms—just one at a time. [vimeo 110871691 w=500 h=281] http://www.socalmultiunitrealestateblog.com/?p=2791 http://www.wired.com/2014/11/moving-walls-transform-tiny-apartment-5-room-home/ http://lovesiliconbeach.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/residential-illusion-a-studio-apartment-with-five-rooms/

Woman-in-a-Shower

by Jodi Summers Now that we are in a drought, Californian are constantly reminded to cut down on their water usage. Figures released by the State Water Resources Control Board, praise urban residents for cutting water consumption 28.9%. Governor Jerry Brown is requiring urban areas to cut water use 25%, the first mandatory water rationing […]

new-york-city-skyline

edited by Jodi Summers Its official, cities that are tech hubs yield the most income per worker. Many of the most productive areas in the U.S. economy are cities that the headquarters of the world’s largest technology companies. The San Jose metro area – a.k.a. Silicon Valley – had the highest output per resident for […]

Beautify Lincoln - Tripp (13)

by Jodi Summers Murals, sculptures and landscaping are all ways for a neighborhood to forge a collective identity, stimulate learning, instill a sense of pride and invites business. Thank you to the grass roots movement, Beautify Lincoln. Since 2012, this team of volunteer artists have painted murals on more than 20 storefronts on Lincoln Blvd […]

Inglewood Oil Field operations are suspected by neighbors who've experienced cracking on their properties

by Jodi Summers The Inglewood Oil Fields, are part of the Southern California fabric. Oil has been part of the local color as far back as 1543, when Native Southern Californians used tar for decorating and to waterproof canes and baskets. During the Gold Rush years prior to statehood, travelers moving along a popular route […]

exotic trees

by Jodi Summers Here’s the latest cocktail party factoid – there are approximately 3.04 trillion trees on earth. This is about seven and a half more than originally thought and roughly 422 for every person noted the recent Yale University-led study which. Also surprising…and somewhat disconcerting, the total number of trees has plummeted 46% since […]

Champions plaza

edited by Jodi Summers Stan Kroenke is now the owner of the Los Angeles Rams. In mid-January NFL owners voted to allow Kroenke to move the Rams from St. Louis to L.A. for the 2016 season. This is the project L.A. has been waiting on for 21 years. The Rams expected to begin playing in […]

last earthquake

by Jodi Summers The Los Angeles City Council has agreed that renters and apartment owners must share the financial burden of earthquake retrofitting equally. According to the L.A. Times, “After many housing studies and heated meetings with landlord and tenant groups, city staff proposed a compromise that the City Council unanimously voted to move forward: […]